Australia: Saving Australia’s Threatened Mammals


The link below is to an article that takes a look at efforts to save Australia’s wildlife.

For more visit:
http://theconversation.com/from-the-frontline-saving-australias-threatened-mammals-28337

If you think climate politics in the U.S. are crazy, wait till you see what just happened in Australia


Grist

Hold on to your hats! Australia’s already-bizarre carbon price adventures veered into the utterly surreal overnight.

Picture this: An eccentric billionaire mining baron, most famous outside Australia for commissioning a replica of the Titanic, appearing alongside the world’s most recognizable climate campaigner and former U.S. vice president, Al Gore, to announce Australia’s relatively new carbon tax will be scrapped, and a new emissions trading scheme proposed, effectively screwing over the sitting conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, who is hell-bent on getting rid of carbon legislation altogether.

It’s a big blow to a prime minister who said recently in Canada that he has “always been against” an emissions trading scheme, and believes fighting climate change will “clobber the economy.”

For watchers of Aussie politics, it was a visual feast of weirdness. For U.S. readers, imagine — I don’t know — industrialist Charles Koch jumping on stage with writer and activist Bill McKibben and you’re…

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Everything you need to know about El Niño — and more


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Stuck at a standstill between blaring horns on a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway through Long Beach, Calif., my 9-year-old self felt pretty sure our car was about to get swept away by the torrent of water pouring from the sky. “Mom, what’s going on?” I asked.

“It’s El Niño,” she growled.

Whoever this El Niño was, I could tell that should he and my mom ever meet face to face, it’d be best to get out of their way.

Many people who lived in California between December 1997 and May 1998 probably had similar feelings. It rained nearly continuously for the whole of February. Precipitation records were set in at least 19 stations in the state that month; Santa Barbara smashed its old high by 4.41 inches. Widespread flooding and mudslides did at least $550 million worth of damage statewide.

The first two months of 1998 were the

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